Photo #: 80-G-300236
USS Boise (CL-47)
View in the lower handling room of 6"/47 triple gun turret # 2 (Compartment A-510-M), showing damage received during the Battle of Cape Esperance, 12 October 1942. Photographed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1942, as the ship was receiving repairs.
This space was burned out when a Japanese shell hit the ship below the waterline, penetrated the hull and exploded nearby, setting ammunition afire. The view shows a powder hoist, with the remains of a cartridge still in place. It was estimated that over 1000 pounds of gun propellent burned in this handling room and its powder hoists.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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13 December 2001